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Come and experience the off-grid life and loveliness in Castelo Branco, Portugal

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  • Last activity: 05/02/2023

Availability

  2023 

 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi and welcome to Portugal!

    My name is Mike, a very active 52 years young, and I own 1.5 hectares of off-grid loveliness near Castelo Branco in central Portugal. It's a beautiful place - rugged, wild and free with great mountain views.

    This project was originally set up in the UK as a safe and chilled space at festivals to help people who may have done too much, lost their friends, or who were simply not up for a full-on party. A place were anyone can meet and make connections, and relax with people from all walks of life.

    Our aim is to bring a little of that festival vibe here to Portugal, on a smaller scale. A haven to gather your thoughts, relax and enjoy nature but at the same time have the opportunity to interact with others, experience the off-grid lifestyle and help build an amazing place for all to enjoy.

    We are totally off-grid - facilities are very basic so please do not expect a palace unless of course, you fancy building one with us! As we live in the wild, you need to be comfortable with having the local wildlife living around you. The birds here sing at night which is quite magical to experience, and we're lucky enough to catch occasional sightings of wild boar.

    It is a true off-grid experience but with fun as the number one priority - in our eyes this lifestyle is not work - we do things because we want to, not because we have to. We understand that many people use their holiday time to do Workaways, so it's important to us that it should be fun, and not leave you exhausted each day. We're a fan of Portugal Time, no rush - it's about the journey, not the destination.

    We have a fantastic local community with always lots going on, including an outdoor solar cinema showing great films once a fortnight, and other get-togethers on a regular basis.

    We promote healthy active living in natural surroundings with the aim to be self sufficient based on permaculture principles.

    This is a place that people can come to make connections, share their lives and experience a different way of living with other like-minded people - we'd love for you to join us!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Teaching
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We live in a multicultural community of which there are many nationality. We draw on lots of experience working together to get things done.

    Our skill sets include:
    Food production and harvesting
    Permaculture
    Building and renovation
    Solar systems
    Off-grid living
    Plumber
    Electrician
    Music production
    Local property knowledge

    This area of Portugal has a unique beauty. Castelo Branco, which is the closest city is only 20 minutes away by car and is an easy train ride from Lisbon

  • Help

    Help

    There are two main projects. Base Camp and Top Camp.

    Base Camp job list:
    * convert van to camper
    * gardening
    * refloor main caravan
    * build a swimming pool
    * Art projects
    * New compost toilet and shower block
    * wood shed

    Top Camp
    * finish "Lodge"
    * plant gardens
    * plant a food forest
    * compost toilet
    * outside kitchen
    * yoga platforms
    * art projects

    There is so much more we want to say about the variety of projects in the broader valley. We are confident you will find something you will love to do either here, or with our friendly neighbours.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    We would like to learn Portuguese.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    1) There is a large caravan with; wood heater, hot showers, a fully operational kitchen which can accommodate two to three people.

    2) There is a camper which also comes with cooking facilities and a double bed, suitable for a couple or a single person.

    3) - not yet available - There is a second camper in the process of being converted which will become available when completed.

    There is a composting toilet, a cartridge toilet, communal chill-out tents (with fans in the summer). In the broader valley there is a solar cinema, bar, chill out areas and lots of friendly people. There is free WiFi near the main caravan and access to a washing machine. The valley does regular events, sometimes even hosted by our resident DJ.

    We are non-profit, but are hoping that people get enthusiastic about our projects. You can do as much or as little as you want. If you do work we will feed you.

    We are looking for people to come and get interactive with the community. We hope the workawayers will share their knowledge and eexperience with us.

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    We start when we want to start and finish when we want to finish #portugaltime. No slave drivers here.we would ask off you 4 hrs a day helping in exchange for food and accommodation and the full off grid exsperiance including social interaction with the local off grid comunity. How ever due to the ever increasing tempratures it may not be safe to help on these days we would ask you to contribute towards the cost of food about 5 euros a day or you are welcome to bie and cook your own food if you wish .this will be talked about on an individual basis befor you commit to comming we want everyone to be copleatly happy when hear with no surprises .there may be time that projects may be put on hold like waiting for materials to be delived so there may not be tasks to do for a period of time.we will advise you when this is likely to happen again in advance of you commiting to come .this has worked out very well with many guest we have had your happiness really is our prioratys giveing you the best time makeing conections shareing knowledge and life skills so we are super flexable with how it all works . .

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We usually go from the valley heading into the city where all services are available. There are many local river beaches to visit during summer and several natural beauty spots.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have WiFi and solar power available.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    There are spaces in the valley for large vehicles up to a 3.5 tonne limit. Small campers are fine.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Yes

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    15- 25hours/week

Host ref number: 743843951265

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